Wednesday, November 14, 2001

'Moms in Touch' seeks members for prayer teams

Religion Columnist

Mothers in Fayette and Coweta counties are invited to join other mothers around the nation in a special mission for moms praying for their children and their schools through "Moms in Touch," a national prayer group which meets weekly on local levels.

Presently, there are about 20 groups in Coweta and Fayette counties and about 500 members statewide. The group is interdenominational and meets to pray for children of all ages, including elementary, middle and high school.

"New members are always welcome," said area coordinator, Michelle Holder, a Fayette County resident. "From our pastors to our President, the nation is being urged to pray. What better way is there to pray for our nation's future, than to pray for our children? Our group has already been established and we do what we have been asked to do."

Moms in Touch International was founded in 1984 by Fern Nichols, a mother concerned about her two sons entering junior high school in Canada. Nichols stated that she thought it was going to be difficult for her sons to withstand peer pressure and "do the right thing" during the junior and senior high school years. So she started a prayer group that focused on praying for children and their schools. Nichols continued her prayer group after moving with her family to California in 1985.

Today, there are about 30,000 Moms in Touch groups meeting weekly around the world. Moms in Touch booklets have been translated into 21 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, German, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Swahili.

"The hour-long format began by Mrs. Nichols keeps mothers praying and not socializing," said Holder. "Included are Bible verses and prayers for specific children. The goal of the organization is to have a group of two or more moms praying for every school in the country and throughout the world."

Information about Moms in Touch groups in Fayette and Coweta counties may be obtained by calling Holder at 770-631-8868. Information about other groups in Georgia may be obtained by calling state coordinator Barbara Noel at 770-740-8659. The international organization may be reached at 1-800-949-MOMS, or by visiting their Web site at

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